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St John’s Church is an Anglican church in Mosley CommonSuburb of Tyldesley in the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, in Greater Manchester., Greater Manchester. It was designed by Francis Haslem Oldham and built in 1886. An active church, it is part of Leigh deanery in the archdeaconry of Salford, diocese of Manchester. Together with St George’s
Waterloo church dedicated to St George, completed in 1825 to serve the growing township of Tyldesley cum Shakerley.
and St Stephen’s ChurchesParish church in Astley, Greater Manchester, built in 1968 after its predecessor was destroyed by arson. , it is part of the United BeneficeCollection of parishes working together under a single incumbent. of AstleyVillage in the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, formerly a coal-mining area, but now part of a commuter belt for the nearby city of Manchester., TyldesleyFormer industrial town in the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, in Greater Manchester. and Mosley Common.[1][2][3]


Worship in Mosley Common took place in the school, which operated as a mission of Ellenbrook ChapelRedirected to St Mary the Virgin's Church, Ellenbrook. from the early 1800s. In 1885 subscribers contributed £4,250 to build the church, a chapel of easeChurch subordinate to a parish church serving an area known as a chapelry, for the convenience of those parishioners who would find it difficult to attend services at the parish church. on a site donated by the Bridgewater TrusteesCoal mining company on the Lancashire Coalfield with headquarters in Walkden near Manchester.. The subscribers included the Earl of Ellesmere, Lord Lilford, Mrs Harrison of Chaddock Hall and Henry Yates. The church’s foundation stone was laid by the Countess of Ellesmere on 14 February 1885.[4]

The church was built in 1886 as a chapel of ease[a]A chapel of ease or daughter church is an additional Anglican church other than the parish church within a parish. to the parish church in Tyldesley;[5] Mosley Common became a separate parish in 1894. The Bishop of Manchester consecrated the church in 1895, when the Earl of Ellesmere provided money to establish an endowment.[6]


The church was designed by Francis Haslem Oldham, the winner of a competition judged by Thomas Worthington, vice president of the RIBA in 1886.[7] It is constructed in Yorkshire freestone in the neo-Gothic style with a chancelPart of a church containing the altar, used by the officiating clergy., naveCentral part of a church, used by the laiety. and aisles.[5] The bells were donated by John Higham of Swinton, and his wife contributed the lectern. Mrs Harrison gave the font, Mrs Whitehead the reredosLarge ornamented wall, screen, or other structure placed behind the altar in a Christian church., and Mrs Brown the pulpit.[6]


a A chapel of ease or daughter church is an additional Anglican church other than the parish church within a parish.